Project MUSTARD - the 'other TSR.2'


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I've read about MUSTARD before, and seen it described as another Miles M.52... in that in the 'spirit of cooperation' it was shared with the US, who once they had the plans suddenly found that what they had was too secret to be shared. The Miles M.52, of course, looks very much like the Bell X-1, which went on to break the sound barrier for the first time.

MUSTARD fate's was apparently similar, though I'd love to learn more from those in the know. Some of us would know it as the Space Shuttle.

Anyway, its designer has just died, RIP:

Tom Smith - Telegraph

Why 'the other TSR.2?' Well, just another aerospace project where we were once so far in the lead...


Might have been better in Aviation History & Nostalgia.

Sorry, wrong forum. :)
I stand to be corrected here but I think the M 52 project was cancelled because the Air Minister of the day did not think a person could survive going supersonic. Vague memory that a close relative may have been killed during a high speed dive when his aircraft suffered mach compression and disintegrated but may be totally wrong on that.

The research that was passed on to the US was the all-moving tailplane which provided much better control than the previous fixed tailplane with conventional elevators. I don't think the design of the X1 had anything to do with the M 52 but was based on the shape of a 30-06 bullet which the designers knew was stable at supersonic speeds.

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